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Dom Joly: Restaurants come and go, but the memories linger

Another trip to London, another landmark of my youth gone. Bertorelli La Toscana in Notting Hill Gate has closed and a nondescript Mexican restaurant has risen effortlessly on the ashes. I loved this restaurant more than any other. It was one of the last surviving Italian trattorias. You know the type – big in the Seventies, with bad paintings on the wall, all by a "local artist" and available to buy. There were also wicker-basket Chianti bottles and signed photos of grateful celebrity patrons. They had China Crisis, Simple Minds, Chris de Burgh and an unsigned photo of Sophia Loren that took centre stage.

Croatia puts Tito's holiday islands up for sale (price: €2.5bn)

If you've a spare €2.5bn burning a hole in your pocket, and always fancied your own personal Mediterranean archipelago, now is your chance.

On The Road: A wedding day the Neapolitan way

My sister Barbara's wedding day starts at a high-rise in Napoli's lawless suburbs and ends with a pop video screened at Villa Soglia, a Bourbon-era mansion on the southern lava fields of Vesuvius. The film Miseria e nobiltà (Poverty and Nobility) starring Totò and Sophia Loren was a matrimonial farce based on class. Today's comedy of manners, with its five-strong media team, is a paean to celebrity culture, Neapolitan style.

Find a budget base in Croatia

David Ryan discovers an affordable way to explore Istria's beautiful coast and medieval towns

Nicky Hambleton-Jones: Knives out for extreme queen

The TV presenter and stylist Nicky Hambleton-Jones is a stern task mistress who’s feeding our obsession with looking younger than we really are. So, what would she make of our very own Deborah Ross?

The new sexual revolution

Over-70s are having more sex than ever – but more women than men are enjoying it

Howard Jacobson: When ordering a salt beef sandwich, beware the moral minefield that awaits

It's a contradiction of Jewish law: the more you eat kosher, the more of a pig you make yourself look

The island of Ischia: Glorious mud

From the ancient Romans to Hollywood stars, visitors have flocked to the island of Ischia to experience its health-giving spas and volcanic face packs. Terri Judd enjoys a pampering

A cut above: Stylist to the stars dies

Hairdresser to the royal, the rich and the celebrated, Alexandre de Paris did everyone from Liz Taylor to Claudia Schiffer. As his death is announced, John Lichfield celebrates the first – and sharpest – of the 'haut coiffeurs'

Michael Winner: Behind the scenes

Since he bought the palatial house he grew up in, Michael Winner has installed a few toys of his own - not least a Jacuzzi, pool and cinema room

Europa Riconosciuta, La Scala, Milan

Stars out for a night at restored home of opera

Style police: The latest thing you don't want to be seen in

In a season of scanty eveningwear, we're asking miracles of our lingerie. And we're getting them, says JAMES SHERWOOD

Sex please, we're the top over-50s

AGE SHALL not weary them, nor the years condemn: because they are America's sexiest people of mature years. The American Association of Retired Persons (AArp) has compiled a list of the raunchiest stars aged over 50 and in a survey attempted to define their attraction.
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Meet Afghanistan's middle-class paint-ballers

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Al Pacino wows Venice

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She's done pretty well, for a boffin without a beard

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Get well soon, Joan Rivers

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A fresh take on an old foe

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